Wynn fined for campaign fund violations
Former congressman penalized $8,000 for using general election funds during primary election battle
Former U.S. Rep. Albert Wynn (D-Dist. 4) has been ordered to pay $8,000 for taking money intended for his general election race and using it on his failed primary election run against Donna Edwards in 2008.
Under federal election law, donors can contribute money for the primary and general elections, but the funding must be kept separate and cannot be used interchangeably. If candidates lose the primary election, they can refund the money, give it to charity or use it to close out office costs.
According to the Federal Election Commission, Wynn used $115,100 on the primary election even though the money was required to be used for the general election.
Wynn spent more than $1.5 million on the primary race in 2008, according to finance reports. His latest FEC reports showed he had less than $4,000 left in his account.
Wynn, according to documents, collected $115,100 in donations for the general election and the same amount from the same donors for the primary election in 2007 and 2008; however, the general election money was used for the primary, according to documents. The reports say $41,600 in donations was from 22 individual donors and $73,500 came from political action committees.
After the congressman lost to Edwards, he retired in summer 2008 before his term ended. Attempts to reach Wynn were unsuccessful.
In FEC papers, the campaign allegedly told the FEC it did not realize the donations were to be kept separate.
Under the terms of the deal, if Wynn decides to leave his job as a lobbyist and run for federal office again, he will have to pay an additional $12,000 penalty and would have to pay back the $115,000 in donations, the agreement states.
Wynn, who held office from 1993 until his loss to Edwards, was considered a leader in Prince George's County politics, lining up donations and coordinating support for state senators, delegates and others for more than a decade.
The fourth congressional district spans portions of Prince George's and Montgomery counties.